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Environmental Health and Practice

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
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Health and Social Sciences
University Centre Weston, Frenchay
Four years full-time; seven years part-time
Full-time; part-time
Programme leader:
Phil Gilbert
Key fact:
Become a qualified environmental health practitioner (EHP) on this four-year integrated master’s. Pass the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health professional interview after graduation to gain professional registration.

Page last updated 9 October 2017


Why study environmental health and practice?

Environmental health practitioners (EHPs) can make a real difference to public health and wellbeing by helping us to manage our natural and built environments effectively.

There's increasing demand for qualified EHPs in the public and private sectors, both in the UK and globally.

But to work in this field, practitioners need to pass an accredited undergraduate or master's degree in environmental health as well as three professional assessments.

Why UWE Bristol?

MSci Environmental Health and Practice is the only integrated master's of its kind in the UK. Over four years, you'll gain the knowledge, skills and experience to go straight into a rewarding career as an EHP.

Study earth sciences, the environment, public health, housing, food safety and health and safety regulation. Examine how best to manage varied situations using different systems and approaches, and become confident in applying them through scenario-based learning and simulations.

Get hands-on experience on placements and interventions through our partnerships with local authorities, housing associations, consultancies and Public Health England.

Meet practitioners and put your learning into practice on field trips and site visits learning how to assess risk, assess the environment and conduct audits.

In your final year, you'll complete your Portfolio of Professional Practice (PPP) so you can qualify for professional registration.

Where can it take me?

You'll need to pass a professional interview with the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) to become a registered EHP.

Being and Environmental Health professional enables you to move into roles with local authorities, consultancies, housing associations, the NHS or the armed forces.

You could work in environmental protection, pollution control, noise control, waste management, port health, housing standards, occupational health and safety at work, food safety, health promotion or public health.



Course structure will be available soon.

Learning and Teaching

You'll be taught by our six permanent staff, who are all environmental health professionals. Learn through a balanced mix of lectures, seminars, practical sessions, site visits, field trips and practice-based learning.

Make use of our well-equipped libraries and online resources to support your studies.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Study time

You'll spend at least 12 hours a week in lectures, seminars and tutorials, and doing project work. You'll need to spend at least that much time again on independent study and preparing for assessments.


To help you develop the right knowledge and skills, we'll assess you using a mix of examinations and coursework, including presentations, poster assignments, a practical food inspection exam, interview and your Portfolio of Professional Practice.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.



Students who go on work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought after graduate.

Through our links with industry and local government, you'll go on several short placements and interventions. You could work with local authorities or private consultancies in Gibraltar and Jersey.

Get help to find placements and support throughout from department staff and our award-winning careers service.


Go on a one-week residential field trip to Cornwall, to meet practitioners and conduct site visits, including waste management at Ginsters, water quality monitoring, and health and safety for food and events at the Eden Project.

Undertake site visits and simulations including risk assessments in our simulation house and a housing survey with Mendip Council.

Deepen your skills by carrying out health and safety audits for organisations such as National Trust, Land Rover or Jaguar. Complete environmental assessments in quarries and risk assessments in leisure facilities and our simulation house.

Build your Portfolio of Professional Practice, one of the requirements for becoming an accredited EHP.

Study facilities

For the first three years, you'll be based in University Centre Weston. The final year will take place at UWE Bristol's Frenchay Campus.

Access well-stocked libraries and comprehensive online resources to support your studies. Conduct risk assessments in our simulation house and test water quality in our physical geography laboratories.

Study microbiology and conduct chemistry experiments in our well-equipped labs.

Monitor noise using specialist equipment.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.


Careers / Further study

As an environmental health professional, you can go into diverse careers with local authorities, consultancies, housing associations, private companies and the NHS or armed forces.

You could get into environmental protection, pollution control, noise control, waste management, port health and housing standards, occupational health and safety at work, food safety, health promotion or public health.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.


Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year450

Supplementary fee information

Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

See our funding pages for more information.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 64
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language, Mathematics and Double Science, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of one A-Level.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; no specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

Applicants applying to join the MSci directly for year three will require a Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) accredited FdSc and will have to pass the FdSc at 50% or higher.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

Please complete a UCAS application for full time study. For information regarding part-time applications, please contact the Higher Education Unit on 01934 411780 or email:

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